A Nursery to Grow Into

A Nursery to Grow Into.

Designer: Eliza Crater Harris

Photographer: Rees McKendree 

Room Type: Bedroom

Decorating the nursery for your first child can be overwhelming to say the least! Below I will walk you through my nursery do’s and don'ts in hopes of helping you create your dream nursery. My son’s nursery was the first room I decorated in my house and it continues to be my favorite. Here we go! Let’s tackle nursery decorating! 

It all starts with a crib.

Eliza’s tip for selecting a wall color.

Paint Used:

Eliza used Benjamin Moore Summer Lime 2026-60

Select a wallpaper or paint color that your child can grow into. I chose a solid color (Ben Moore Summer Lime 2026-60) because I wanted to go crazy with the patterned upholstery, but I absolutely love a wallpapered nursery. Click here for our “Eliza Schemes: Nursery & Children’s Room Swatch Set” that includes our most popular fabrics and textiles for nurseries and children's rooms. 

Don't select a wallpaper or paint color that you will get sick of. The goal of the nursery is for it to easily transition into a children’s room. Pick something out that you love. 

Eliza’s tips for making a crib skrit!

Decide the width of the contrast band based on the size of the pattern itself. The Ogden pattern lent itself to a 2" wide contrast band.

Fabric Used:

Eliza used 3 yards of Ogden in Carolina Blue for the main fabric and 1 yard of Ogden in Citrus for the trim.

A must in any nursery is a custom crib skirt. A skirt doesn’t require too much fabric and it adds an instant pop of pattern and color to your baby’s room. Every baby needs a crib, so this is the perfect starting point to add color and pattern to the nursery. 

Something you can skip is making custom baby bumpers. I love how they look, but the baby quickly outgrows them as you move the mattress down to the lower setting.

Eliza’s tips for blackout shades in your nursery!

Fabric Used:

Eliza used 3 yards of Ogden in Carolina Blue for the main fabric and 1.5 yards of Ogden in Cirtus for the trim per each shade. For this shade the trim was was 2" wide.

Black out shades are a must for a nursery. Now that you’ve selected your crib skirt fabric, you can either match the shades directly to the skirt (that’s what I did) or pick an entirely new fabric. It’s completely up to you!

Special Details:

  • Apply a contrast band of fabric to four sides (top, bottom, left side, right side) as it packs more of a punch!
  • Decide the width of the contrast band based on the size of the pattern itself. A small all-over contrast fabric band or a solid fabric contrast band should be about (as you see pictured here)
  • Ask for black-out lining, especially if you are decorating for a child!
  • I recommend installing your shade outside mount if it is black out lined as it provides the most coverage! I typically make the shade 2" larger than the overall width of the window (I measure the window by measuring the outer edge of the trim to outer edge of trim)

Eliza’s tip for making pillows!

I recommend investing in custom pillows for the nursery. This is a way to add beautiful details that don’t have to live in the nursery forever. We have several amazing options and I also recommend making a few custom ones of your own. 

For the nursery chair, make a pillow “to fit the back”. Measure the inside seat back of the chair for the length of the pillow and the height will typically hover between 12” - 14” depending on the height of the inside seat back. 

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